Happy May Day!
On May Day, 2012, I honor these brave souls:
Hundreds of workers at Joliet’s Caterpillar facility went on strike Tuesday morning after they turned down a proposed contract offering no pay raise and more expensive health benefits.
The union workers told NBC Chicago the contract offer was so unfair they’d rather be picketing outside the plant’s main entrance. They reported for work at 11 p.m. Monday then walked off the job at 12:01 a.m.
Union leaders said 94 percent of the approximately 780 machinist union workers voted to strike after the contract offer was voted down Sunday.
The deal was six years with no pay increases, and workers would be required to pay twice as much for health care. The workers say it’s unfair, especially given Caterpillar’s $1.5 billion first-quarter profit.